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Channel 4 Giant Glass Knob canopy entrance

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C4_phallus, originally uploaded by eyedropper.co.uk.

the giant glass knob as seen from the 3rd floor of 124 Horseferry road. That Richard Rogers is a cheeky chappy, the effect is that come 6ish when all the staff are ‘streaming’ out of the building to go home we look like pee/ejaculate. Arrf!

50 years of the Sky at Night

Congratulations Sir Patrick Moore and the Sky at Night team on 50 years of the show. I saw Sir Patrick once when he did a live chat at the BBC back in 2003. He walks with two sticks these days “Thanks the Nazi’s for that” we heard him say. The news piece on him had him complaining at the schedulers, but I think he should rest assured that most people interested in astronomy will watch it online. Still, a 30-min ‘best of’ with some proper pundits talking about it would have been good.

With today’s loss of Magnus Magnuson, I’m concerned who’s going to take over when Sir Pat has to stand down. There’s only one name in the frame… It’s gotta be the astronomer Brian May CBE, (sign this to petition his Knighthood) Sure Chris Lintott can ramp up the ‘here comes the science bit’, but Brian would be a great front man. With Queen he did the theme for Flash Gordon, so why not just mash it up with The Sky at Night, with Sir Pat on Xylaphone…

(Thumping xyla baseline: Dum, dum, dum…) “Sky ……..At Night!” “You’re window on the universe!” (Brian’s guitar: Doo doo do do-dow!)

I reckon the book Bang! was a first his first toe in the water, come on Brian, you know you want too.

BBC NEWS | Magazine | The meaning of ‘lite’

Link: The meaning of ‘lite’.

hahahah, the irony – talk about the errosion of the quality of language. This must be one of the worst written articles on bbc.co.uk. Paragraphy 12 is a direct copy of paragraphy 5! and ““Lite” has been around for years but has had a resurgence in popularity in recent years,” uses the word years to near each other. “Not that long ago words [sic] such words would have been viewed as too American for any of the group’s titles, now they are making it into names.” doesn’t make any sense either.

It appears to be written in ‘Metro English’, short choppy sentences you can read on a hurtling tube train, where points D,E and F are rehashes of A,B and C and simple facts are stretched out.

“Pot to Kettle, requesting colour check, over” But eyedropper, your spelling and grammar are crap too? Sure are/i but then I ain’t no jouro.

Great British Beer Festival Bog Queue

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DSC_2000.JPG,
originally uploaded by eyedropper.co.uk.

Must have been around 150m long… unbelievable. Cue a coupel of girls shreeking with laughter and shouting at me ‘take a photo, take a photo, this never happens to guys! Now you know how we feel!’

Earls Court being more of a gig venue, has something like 66% female toilets. A beer festival by it’s very nature has something like 80% guys attending…

In the end folks were going in the sinks (when you gotta go, you gotta go) and they had to ‘convert’ some of the ladies into gents. All of the ladies had a steward on the door as apprently the day before there’d been an ‘incident’ as a load of lads gate crashed the ladies loos.

To be honest I much prefer it when it’s at Olympia, the ceiling’s higher and it feels cooler, lighter and most….. well. British.

Laptop from yesteryear

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Laptop from yesteryear
Laptop from yesteryear,
originally uploaded by eyedropper.co.uk.

That’s right, it’s not a laptop, it’s a ‘mains portable’ Toshiba T3200 complete with orange and black screen, carry case, all the manuals, and DOS 3.1 on floppy disk. Weighs a TON, from the manual “Weighing only 19 pounds…” And you can run Linux on it www.ailis.de/~k/docs/t3200sxc/

But best/oddest of all. You know how old books have a woodish, dampish old smell. Well old computers have a sort of old warm plasticy smell.

CEEFAX Shuttle Infographic 1981

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CEEFAX Shuttle Infographic 1981
CEEFAX Shuttle Infographic 1981,
originally uploaded by pauliepaul.

A lot of people are getting misty eyed about Ceefax. Compare the above to This.

We never had a telly good enough in our ‘ouse to have Ceefax, we didn’t even have a remote until we got our first video recorder in 1990s and had to use that. Maybe that’s why I’ve never really been that impressed with Ceefax/Teletext. Though it did give the world Mr Biffo.

It’s Wimbledon time!

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It's Wimbledon time!
It’s Wimbledon time!,
originally uploaded by eyedropper.co.uk.

..and here’s a choice image from yesteryear borrowed from the BBC archive. Ahhh wooden racquets, Fred Perry…

And here’s some wimbledon homepages from
2000 and 2001

I liked this page (The Brits), in a ‘where are they now’ stylee


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